Take a look at this photo. What do you see?
Do you see a bright, chirpy little girl missing her two front teeth? Or do you see an uncomfortable, scared little girl awkwardly crossing her arms?
Where is she? The woods? On a camping trip? Hiking? Is she cold? Is she in the midst of a tantrum? Does she hate to pose for photos? Is this a candid moment?
Who is she?
She’s Madyson Stormy Star Jamison. She and her parents, Bobby Dale Jamison and Sherilynn Leighann Jamison, were reported missing on October 8, 2009. Their pickup truck was discovered abandoned in Latimer County, Oklahoma with the family dog trapped inside, malnourished from days without food or water.
Also inside was about $32,000 in cash. Theories ranging from group suicide to drug violence to witchcraft emerged in the wake of the Jamisons’ disappearance. What we do know is that the Jamisons were on their way to purchase a 40-acre plot of land near Red Oak, Oklahoma. They simply vanished after that.
While investigating their last known presence, police followed the family’s footprints up a hill where they discovered a rock and a cell phone. On the phone was the photo of Madyson. The last photo of Madyson alive.
Four years later, on November 15-16, 2013, the skeletal remains of two adults and one child were discovered less than three miles from the Jamisons’ truck. Though widely suspected to be the remains of the missing family, medical examiners were able to positively ID the bodies as the Jamisons’ through anthropological and forensic pathological testing on July 3, 2014.
The cause of death was undetermined. There are currently no suspects, no motives, and no explanation for the family’s disappearance.
All we have is one photo of a little girl.